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F.I.S.H. to launch senior needs assessment

By F.I.S.H. - | Mar 18, 2021

In April, 3,000 households will receive a request by mail from F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva to complete a survey addressing an array of topics related to living on the islands as a household aged 55 or over.

Funded by the Charitable Foundation of the Islands and facilitated by Polco, the Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults is a national benchmark survey that will allow F.I.S.H. to have a clearer understanding of the needs currently being met and gaps in services to the aging population on the islands. It has been conducted in communities across the country and will allow for comparison to other communities.

“F.I.S.H. is focused on the growth and development of our senior services and this is a huge step to gathering statistically significant data to guide our decision making in concert with the information we collect internally,” Executive Director Alicia Tighe Orgera said. “We’re so grateful for not only the financial support but the fundamental interest CFI has in learning more about how our community can better serve our seniors.”

The households receiving the survey have been chosen at random and will have the opportunity to complete and return a paper version of the survey or use a Web link to complete it online. Later in the process, the community as a whole will have the opportunity to participate in the survey online at an address that will be shared publicly in the coming weeks.

“Our hope is that we’ll receive significant participation to create a really meaningful set of data about our 55-plus islanders,” she said. “This is something we’re leading, but it will be information we will make publicly available so that stakeholders on Sanibel and Captiva can make informed decisions on issues or topics that they make relating to this demographic.”

For more information, visit www.fishofsancap.org or contact Orgera at 239-472-4775.